Staff Blogger: Rena Arter, Digital Marketing Intern

TMary Brickerhe 142nd Chautauqua season sadly comes to a close, but Lakeside is still bustling with events and activities for everyone – one them being the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival.

For 20 years, Lakeside Chautauqua has partnered with the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce to host this cherished fall tradition. Whether casually strolling through the arts & crafts vendors or taking part in the children’s crafts and free games, the Lighthouse Festival is enjoyed by many, including long-time Lakesider, Mary Bricker.

Mary, who enjoyed her first experience at the Lighthouse Festival last year, has been coming to Lakeside since the early 1970s. After renting for six years, Mary and her husband bought their own cottage, nestled on the corner of Seventh Street and Sycamore Avenue.

To Mary, the Lighthouse Festival means time to spend with family, especially her grandchildren, which is one of her favorite things do to.

“The big thing with Lakeside is the family atmosphere, and to me, the Lighthouse Festival is one of the ways Lakeside encourages that family atmosphere,” said Mary.

When asked about her favorite part of the festival, she replied, “There was not one thing that was my favorite. I loved watching the kids, who also loved it and took part in the crafts. It was nice to get together with good friends that weekend.”

Although Mary has only been to the festival one year out of her many at Lakeside, it’s one she wouldn’t want to miss again, and she encourages others to attend.

“The Lighthouse Festival is a great opportunity for families to get together,” she said. “The kids love it, the adults love it, and I encourage people to come just for the enjoyment of experiencing it.”

Have you ever attended the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival? If so, share your memories in the comments below. And if you haven’t, do you plan on attending this year?